Caregiver Resources

Family members or friends who become caregivers of a loved one with cancer take on an incredibly important role that can be overwhelming. It's important that the caregivers learn about the disease, treatments, healing process and coping mechanisms.

The professionals at Shaw Regional Cancer Center understand the responsibilities and anxieties of cancer caregivers, and are available to answer questions and provide support for caregivers in their new role. By addressing questions on coping with cancer, selecting the right treatment plans and providing the best care and support for your loved one, Shaw provides a complete healing regimen that includes educating and supporting the cancer caregivers while providing quality care for the cancer patient.

Coping With Cancer
If someone you love is facing cancer, you probably have a lot of questions about diagnosis, treatment and coping with the daily challenges cancer can bring. We encourage you to attend our support groups, classes and events. In addition, following are some trusted resources on coping and death, dying and hospice. More links to helpful resources can be found on our Online Resources page. Finally, the Vail Valley Medical Center Educational Resource Library at Shaw Regional Cancer Center carries a large lending collection of books and audiovisual materials, as well as more than 300 journal subscriptions. In addition to patient resources, caregivers and family members can find a wealth of invaluable information particular to their role in the cancer journey. Visit the Library or e-mail the medical librarian at mitchell@vvmc.com

COPING
National Cancer Institute
American Cancer Society

DEATH, DYING AND HOSPICE LOCAL RESOURCES & WEBSITES
Hospice & Home Care of the Valley provides care to individuals who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness who have a prognosis of six months or less to live. Visit their website at http://hchotv.org/. In addition, Alpine Home Health & Hospice is located in Glenwood Springs - information at (970) 945-2838.

Other resources include:
Journey of Hearts
GriefNet.org
The Dougy Center
Hospice Foundation of America
Growth House